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Maryland launches page to help squash coronavirus rumors: ‘We want to separate fact from fiction’

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered that Maryland provides a demographic breakdown of racial and ethnic data regarding COVID-19.

The state of Maryland on Tuesday debuted a “rumor control” website intended to keep residents informed and dispel rumors during the global pandemic.

The page, created in partnership with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Department of Information Technology, allows Marylanders to read a variety of information about the coronavirus and how the pandemic is affecting life in Maryland and across the country.

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Visitors can also submit a rumor to be answered, subscribe to updates to be notified when a rumor has been identified and dispelled, and receive links to trusted sources and their social media posts in real time.

“We want Maryland residents to be able to participate in the process by helping us identify rumors and false information that could unnecessarily cause panic or worse, result in decision making that could lead to severe injuries or even death," Jorge E. Castillo, spokesperson for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, wrote in a news release.

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Rumors addressed on the page include topics such as food delivery, elements of the stay-at-home order and how the virus is spread.

“We want to separate fact from fiction,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday in an appearance on the “PBS NewsHour.” “It’s important people hear from the scientists and the doctors.”

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